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April 2012

Public Programs Exhibitions Kids + History


The Invisible Line


Last Chance to See the Original Stamp Act


The DiMenna Children's History Museum

Dine Museum Store Support


Caffè Storico


Keep Calm and Pay Taxes


Chelsea Clinton honored at Strawberry Festival

Dear Friends,

I look forward to presenting historian John Lewis Gaddis with New-York Historical's American History Book Prize on April 13 for George F. Kennan: An American Life.

If you have not yet read this biography, add it to your must-read list. Our Prize Committee considers it one of the most important biographies of 2011.

George F. Kennan was an eminent diplomat whose writings were key to establishing the containment strategy that defined U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union for forty years. In writing this biography, John Lewis Gaddis drew from exclusive access to Kennan's archives and extensive interviews with Kennan himself over thirty years.

Professor Gaddis will receive the Prize in person and speak at our seventh annual Weekend With History. A Friday night black-tie reception and dinner is the start of this two-day event, during which 200 Chairman's Council members and history buffs gather for the chance to hear first-hand from great historians, authors and newsmakers. In addition to Professor Gaddis, this year's speakers include David Brooks, Jonathan Alter, Bill Kristol, Nicholas Thompson, Kati Marton, Gordon Wood and many others.


Louise Mirrer
President and CEO

Public Programs

Join us for these exciting discussions

Public Programs

To purchase tickets to public programs, please call (212) 485-9268 or visit nyhistory.org/programs.

The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White
Thursday, April 12, 6:30 pm
Daniel J. Sharfstein, Brent Staples
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The Civil War and the American Constitution
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm
Mark E. Neely, Jr.; Harold Holzer
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Special '21' Club Breakfast & Talk - Freedom's Forge: American Business and World War II
Tuesday, May 22, 8-10:00 am
Arthur Herman
Location: '21' Club, 21 West 52nd St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, New York, NY 10019
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Groundbreaking exhibitions uniting art with history


Titanic Voices
April 6, 2012 — June 3, 2012
Installation of first-hand account of the sinking of the Titanic and other objects commemorating the centennial of the Titanic's maiden voyage
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The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution
Through April 30, 2012
Original document signed by President Abraham Lincoln, February 1, 1865
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Harlem: The People
Through June 10, 2012
Camilo José Vergara's images serve as powerful and poignant witness to the changes that have occurred over the past four decades in one of the most famous neighborhoods of New York City.
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Keith Haring's Pop shop
In addition to the ceiling from Keith Haring's Pop Shop on view above the museum's admissions desk, items that speak to the art, concepts, products and love Haring sought to promote through the Pop Shop are on view in the Luce Center.
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Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn
Closes April 15, 2012
Come see the only surviving first printing of the Haitian Declaration of Independence and the original Stamp Act, outside the UK for the first time. When news of the Stamp Act came to New York in 1765, it sparked a revolution!
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Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy
Through September 9, 2012
This revelatory art exhibition provides new perspectives on American art from roughly 1825 to 1870, a time when citizens were defining what it meant to be “American.”
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Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon
Closes April 29, 2012
Platon's powerful, searing images of the African-American struggle for civil rights are exhibited with a special introduction by Julian Bond.
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Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié's Miniatures of Society Women
Between 1889 and 1903, socialite Peter Marié commissioned portrait miniatures of women whom he believed epitomized female beauty, vividly documenting New York's Gilded Age aristocracy.
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New York Cool: Friday Night Music Presented by Bank of America

Missy Modell

Missy Modell
Friday, April 20, 6:30 pm
Upcoming artist bridges the gap between pop, rock and soul!
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Jay Leonhart, His Family and Friends
Friday, April 27, 6:30 pm
The highly regarded bassist and songwriter is joined by Donna Leonhart, Carolyn Leonhart, Michael Leonhart, Jamie Leonhart, and Harry Allen.
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Strawberry Festival Luncheon


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Save the date for the annual Strawberry Festival Luncheon on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. This year, we will be honoring Chelsea Clinton with introductory remarks by Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes News Correspondent, and a special tribute to Dolley Madison by Biographer Catherine Allgor to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
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For further information, please email us or call (212) 485-9240.

Kids + History

Rated a Top New York Museum for Kids

Kids + History

The DiMenna Children's History Museum was recently rated one of the top New York museum exhibits for kids by Time Out New York Kids! Plan your family's visit today and join us for our new family art making, toddler story time, special programs, and more.

Spend time with us during spring break, April 11-15 or sign up for our Family Book Club starting April 15!


Caffè Storico


Caffè Storico, Stephen Starr's newest restaurant, has opened in the New-York Historical Society. The Venetian cicchetteria serves Italian small plates (cicchetti), along with an array of artisanal hand-made pastas, classic secondi such as roasted sea bass and dry-aged steaks, Italian desserts, and an all-Italian wine list, with nearly half the selection available by the glass.
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Tax Day is Coming


Take advantage of the last few weeks to view the British Stamp Act that imposed the taxes that enraged colonial Americans, and spend your refund check on our clever mementos. The Museum Store took a twenty-first century approach to commemorating the Stamp Act. We blended the iconic "Keep Calm and Carry On" campaign (originally a poster produced by the British government in 1939 at the beginning of World War II intended to raise the morale of the British public) with the historic sentiment and royal iconography of King George III's reviled legislation.
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Get 35% off tickets to Clybourne Park

Save on Armory Show Tickets

Clybourne Park is the wickedly funny and fiercely provocative new play about race, real estate, and the volatile values of each. The play explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. For more, visit www.clybournepark.com.

Go to www.broadwayoffers.com and use code CPTM315 for 35% off your ticket! Now through May 6, 2012.

See Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles
At the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Known for more than a century as the author of the lines “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free... ,” the poet Emma Lazarus gave voice to the Statue of Liberty and generations of newcomers to America. However, few people know her fascinating story, her Sephardic background, her American roots, and her work for Jewish causes and a Jewish homeland. Learn how Emma Lazarus was inspired to craft an enduring message of exile, refuge, and the promise of America.

Visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage downtown (36 Battery Place in Lower Manhattan) or check out www.mjhnyc.org/emma. Admission is free every Wednesday from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Visitor Information


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at Richard Gilder Way (77th St)
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Phone (212) 873-3400
TTY (212) 873-7489

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Friday - 10am - 8pm
Saturday - 10am - 6pm
Sunday - 11am - 5pm
Closed April 10, April 17


The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is open:
Tuesday-Friday - 9am - 3pm
Saturday - 10am - 1pm


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